Playwriting Residencies

Playwriting for classrooms, school programs, organizations, and senior centers across the state.
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In-School & After‑School Residencies

For students entering Grades K-12

Premiere’s in-school and after-school residencies assist teachers with meeting the New Jersey Student Learning Standards in literacy while introducing the arts to children who have had minimal experience with live theatre or creative expression. Residencies are developed collaboratively to complement academic curricula.

For example, students in six 7th grade Language Arts classes at The Brookside School in Allendale, New Jersey, were studying Inherit the Wind, with an emphasis on how public controversies affect social dynamics and how controversial ideas have impacted education throughout the years. Premiere Stages worked with two classroom teachers to structure a playwriting residency in which the students wrote alternative monologues and scenes from existing characters within the text, wrote imagined moments before and after the text’s framing as well as for unseen characters, and wrote their own imagined dramatic pieces about social controversies and the search for truth.

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Community Residencies & One‑Day Workshops

Customized programs for your organization

Premiere Stages facilitates a number of custom one-day workshops and residencies for community organizations. These workshops are tailored to the specific needs of the community served. Activities reinforce literacy and collaboration skills, bolster self-esteem, and encourage participants to utilize writing as a creative outlet. Recent community residencies and workshops include Bridgeway Rehabilitation Services, Mothers at Heart, Prevention Links, the New Jersey Center for Science, Technology & Mathematics Group Summer Scholars Research Program, and the YWCA.

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Senior Residencies

Active & engaging programs for senior citizens

Legacy Residencies pair teaching artists and actors with seniors to create original works for the stage. Through structured theatre exercises, senior residencies provide artistic engagement and stimulation, while preserving family histories and memories through dramatic storytelling.

Each residency is designed with the participating community’s administrative staff to maximize impact and adhere to schedule restrictions. Seniors are given recorders to tape favorite memories, biographical information, and events and/or people that had a major influence in their lives. Teaching artists then help seniors to shape this narrative into dramatic works for the stage. Finally, professional actors perform these scenes at the participating senior center for family, staff, and fellow seniors. Recent senior legacy residencies include Plainfield Senior Citizens Center, Canterbury Village in West Orange, and Sunrise of Westfield.

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For future generations
Premiere Stages residencies are funded through a variety of partnerships and grants. If you are interested in bringing a Premiere Play Factory residency or workshop to your school, senior center, or community organization, please email for further details.
“It was an incredible experience to see the pride students felt for each other and for themselves during the performances… Students, parents, administrators, supervisors, and staff reached out to tell me how much they enjoyed watching the performances. I wish that every teacher could have an opportunity for this invaluable experience…”
Jennifer Cirillo
Roosevelt Elementary
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